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SB 172 - Authorizes Civil Unions - Key Vote

Colorado Key Votes

Linda Newell voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Stage Details

Legislation - Referred to Committee (House) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (23-12) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes Civil Unions

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes civil unions, effective September 1, 2011.

  • Authorizes two adults to enter into a civil union, regardless of gender (Sec. 2).
  • Prohibits parties from entering into a civil union under the following conditions (Sec. 2):
    • One or both of the parties are married to another person;
    • One or both of the parties are in a civil union with another person;
    • The parties are related to each other; or
    • One or both of the parties are under 18 years of age.
  • Specifies that the members of a civil union are granted the same benefits, protections, and responsibilities that are granted to spouses in a marriage, including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 2):
    • Financial support;
    • Workers' compensation benefits;
    • Adoption law and procedure;
    • State employee group benefit plans;
    • Domestic abuse programs; and
    • Decisions relating to medical care.
  • Defines “marriage” as the legally recognized union of one man and one woman (Sec. 2).
  • Specifies that officials of religious institutions or denominations are not required to certify a civil union (Sec. 2).
  • Specifies that civil unions, domestic partnerships, or “substantially” similar legal relationships from other jurisdictions are considered a civil union in Colorado (Sec. 2).
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Authorizes Civil Unions


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